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Study shows how neurons enable us to know smells we like and dislike, whether to approach or retreat

Study shows how neurons enable us to know smells we like and dislike, whether to approach or retreat | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Think of the smell of freshly baking bread. There is something in that smell, without any other cues – visual or tactile – that steers you toward the bakery.
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David Hubel obituary

David Hubel obituary | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Nobel prizewinning neuroscientist who discovered the key to understanding vision
David Hubel, who has died aged 87, was one of the greats of neuroscience.
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Empathy Test: Can You Read People's Emotions?

Empathy Test: Can You Read People's Emotions? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The “Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test” measures a person’s ability to understand others’ emotional states.

 

Are you tuned in to the emotions of others? Or have you been accused of being insensitive?

 

If you are among those people who are mystified by moods, new research offers hope. A new study shows that certain types of reading can actually help us improve our sensitivity IQ. To find out how well you read the emotions of others, take the Well quiz, which is based on an assessment tool developed by University of Cambridge professor Simon Baron-Cohen.

 

For each photo, choose the word that best describes what you think the person depicted is thinking or feeling.


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How Love Affects Us Physically: A Heart Surgeon Weighs In - SoulPancake - Oprah Winfrey Network

As a cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Kathy Magliato is an expert in all matters of the heart and has learned her fair share about love. Watch as she explains how...

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Self-compassion, empathy, and helping intentions

Self-compassion, empathy, and helping intentions | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(2013). Self-compassion, empathy, and helping intentions. The Journal of Positive Psychology. ???aop.label???. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2013.831465

 

The trait of self-compassion has three components: (1) kindness toward oneself when facing pain or failure; (2) perceiving one’s experiences as part of a larger human experience rather than feeling isolated; and (3) holding painful thoughts and feelings in balanced awareness. The present research explores if self-compassion predicts willingness to help others and empathy for others in need of help.

 

Study 1 found that self-compassion predicted greater willingness to help a hypothetical person while simultaneously reducing empathy for that person. Study 2 used a more nuanced measure of empathy and found that self-compassion was only related to feeling less personal distress in response to someone else’s emergency.

 

In addition, in Study 2, self-compassion only predicted greater helping intentions when the target was at fault for the emergency. Lastly, both self-compassion and empathy were uniquely related to participants’ willingness to help an individual in need.


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Oxytocin: The Cuddle Chemical | In Their Own Words | Big Think

Oxytocin: The Cuddle Chemical | In Their Own Words | Big Think | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Couples that stay together tend to have very highly correlated levels of oxytocin. 
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Well Connected Hemispheres of Einstein’s Brain May Have Sparked Brilliance

Well Connected Hemispheres of Einstein’s Brain May Have Sparked Brilliance | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new study finds the left and right hemispheres of Einstein's brain were unusually well connected. Researchers believe this could have contributed to his brilliance.
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Reading Selections in the Empathy Study

Reading Selections in the Empathy Study | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The reading materials used in one or more of experiments in a study on empathy by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, published in Science.
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Compulsive No More

Compulsive No More | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers use optogenetics to control compulsive behavior in mice. The results could help to develop new treatments such as OCD and Tourette's syndrome.
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Reading literary fiction improves 'mind-reading' skills - ScienceBlog.com (blog)

Reading literary fiction improves 'mind-reading' skills - ScienceBlog.com (blog) | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Reading literary fiction improves 'mind-reading' skills
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Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference - London, Thursday 24-27 October 2013

Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference - London, Thursday 24-27 October 2013 | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

A Conference for Professionals from All Sectors
London, Thursday 24 October 2013
Youth Gathering 23 October | Workshops 25-27 October

 

Empathy and Compassion in Society is a forum for professionals to explore what compassion is, how it can be cultivated, and what benefits it brings to the modern world. 

Empathy and Compassion in Society aims to present universal and well researched methods for cultivating empathy and compassion, show how these methods can enhance one's personal and professional life, and share concrete examples of organisations and public institutions where these methods have been shown to be effective.


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Divvying Up Founders Equity? Why Neuroscience Trumps Math

Divvying Up Founders Equity? Why Neuroscience Trumps Math | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
I have a confession to make: I once put a startup deal into a tailspin once with a stupid comment. And it was because I put logic above some basic principles of social cognitive neuroscience.
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For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new study found that reading literary fiction leads to better performance on tests of empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.

 

Dr. Humphrey, an emeritus professor at Cambridge University’s Darwin College, said he would have expected that reading generally would make people more empathetic and understanding. “But to separate off literary fiction, and to demonstrate that it has different effects from the other forms of reading, is remarkable,” he said.

 

Experts said the results implied that people could be primed for social skills like empathy, just as watching a clip from a sad movie can make one feel more emotional.   

 

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Improving our image: Motion-tolerant BOLD fMRI improves signal-to-noise, connectivity analysis and statistical inference

Improving our image: Motion-tolerant BOLD fMRI improves signal-to-noise, connectivity analysis and statistical inference | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Functional neuroimaging technologies – such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Positron emission tomography (PET), multichannel electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG), Near Infrared Spectroscopic...
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Musicians have sharper minds, study says

Musicians have sharper minds, study says | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Looking for an excuse to pick up that dusty old violin? A new study says playing an instrument will help your brain function
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Neuroscientists identify class of cortical inhibitory neurons that specialize in disinhibition

Neuroscientists identify class of cortical inhibitory neurons that specialize in disinhibition | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
New research now reveals that one class of inhibitory neurons—called VIP interneurons—specializes in inhibiting other inhibitory neurons in multiple regions of cortex, and does so under specific behavioral conditions.
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IssueLab's Arts Education Collection Now Live - Philanthropy Front and Center - New York

IssueLab's Arts Education Collection Now Live - Philanthropy Front and Center - New York | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
IssueLab, the Foundation Center's online repository of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs, has recently made its Special Collection of Arts Education materials live.
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Empathy

This is another video produced by the d.school at Stanford University. This video describes the primary stage of any design thinking challenge, empathy.

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, October 6, 2013 4:18 PM

This short video from Stanford University addresses design with regard to empathy.

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The Neuroscience of Call and Response | Teaching Tolerance

The Neuroscience of Call and Response | Teaching Tolerance | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

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International Research Collaboration Reveals the Mechanism of the Sodium-Potassium Pump

International Research Collaboration Reveals the Mechanism of the Sodium-Potassium Pump | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers have been able to establish the structure of the sodium-potassium pump.
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Get the Picture? New High Resolution Images Show Brain Activity Like Never Before

Get the Picture? New High Resolution Images Show Brain Activity Like Never Before | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new neuroimaging study was able to show activity in sub-regions of the PAG with more precision than ever before.
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Visualizing Sound: Effects of Pitch Height and Tonality on Luminance Matching - Student Pulse

Visualizing Sound: Effects of Pitch Height and Tonality on Luminance Matching - Student Pulse | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Visualizing Sound: Effects of Pitch Height and Tonality on Luminance Matching
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Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 126-131. doi: 10.3758/CABN.8.2.126. Walker, P. (2012).
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International Workshop on Neuroeconomics - Society For ...

International Workshop on Neuroeconomics. Posted September 23, 2013 by admin & filed under Of Interest to Neuroeconomists, Society Announcements. Recent Advances and Future Directions Erice (Italy), June 15-20, 2014.
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Empathy 101

Empathy 101 | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
“I like to understand how people see the world,” A CEO tells me. “It’s always different for each person. I’m fascinated by the ways people think about things, what’s important to them, how they put

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Israeli film test shows our brains react alike

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the research showed the brain-activity patterns of people watching the same movie look very similar, regardless of their gender and age.
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